Professional Development

  • Here at Santa Clara Unified, we know that education is fluid and ever-changing so we believe that ongoing professional development is a vital part of every employee’s position. We know that our staff members are the best-of-the-best so we promote quality leadership from within the district. At Santa Clara Unified, you'll find continued opportunities to expand your talents.

    For Certificated Staff

    All teachers new to the district begin with a New Teacher Orientation. Other opportunities include a state-recognized induction program with trained support providers, peer coaching, and ongoing professional development focusing on classroom management and instructional strategies.

    Each year, we provide all of our teachers and counselors with ongoing professional development days that are designed to invigorate staff, while improving their professional knowledge, competence, skill, and effectiveness in the classroom. In district staff development, teachers meet within and across grade levels and subject areas to design lessons, learn 21st-century teaching strategies, strengthen their knowledge of standards, and much more.

    SCUSD also offer “choice sessions” for teachers to study topics of their choice including Project-based Learning, growth mindset, technology, multiple learning styles, strategies to support English learners, and social-emotional well-being.

    Each school offers site-based professional development and opportunities for teachers to collaborate with one another. Coaching support from experienced veteran teachers is also available throughout the year.

    Teacher salaries are highly competitive at SCUSD and the district features a comprehensive fringe benefit package. Find out more information on the Benefits webpage.

    For Classified Support Staff

    Santa Clara Unified encourages professional growth for all staff members. Staff who wish to further their education by completing courses at college, university, adult education or trade schools relating to their position can apply for a stipend on top of their regular wage to help offset the cost of schooling.

    Our career ladder incentivizes classified staff members to become teachers by offering tuition reimbursement to attend accredited college or university courses in pursuit of a teaching credential.

    In addition, classified and paraprofessional staff also receive paid professional development throughout the year on topics related to their work supporting students, and collaboration with teachers. Find out more information on the Benefits webpage.